Food waste is a prominent driver of climate change due to the number of greenhouse gases that are emitted when left in landfills. California mandated that Californians must salvage food scraps to be composted. Starting January 1, 2022, Senate Bill 1383 requires residents to separate their food waste from their trash. While there are currently no fines for non-compliance, Californians may eventually face penalties if they fail to abide by these changes. This law should help California in its effort to reduce the environmental impact of wasted food.
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